Asymmetries between the production of D-s and D+s mesons from 500 GeV/c π- nucleon interaction as functions of xF and p2t

E. M. Aitala, S. Amato, J. C. Anjos, J. A. Appel, D. Ashery, S. Banerjee, I. Bediaga, G. Blaylock, S. B. Bracker, P. R. Burchat, R. A. Burnstein, T. Carter, H. S. Carvalho, N. K. Copty, L. M. Cremaldi, C. Darling, K. Denisenko, A. Fernandez, P. Gagnon, C. GobelK. Gounder, A. M. Halling, G. Herrera, G. Hurvits, C. James, P. A. Kasper, S. Kwan, D. C. Langs, J. Leslie, B. Lundberg, S. MayTal-Beck, B. Meadows, J. R.T. De Mello Neto, D. Mihalcea, R. H. Milburn, J. M. De Miranda, A. Napier, A. Nguyen, A. B. D'Oliveira, K. O'Shaughnessy, K. C. Peng, L. P. Perera, M. V. Purohit, B. Quinn, S. Radeztsky, A. Rafatian, N. W. Reay, J. J. Reidy, A. C. Dos Reis, H. A. Rubin, A. K.S. Santha, A. F.S. Santoro, A. J. Schwartz, M. Sheaff, R. A. Sidwell, A. J. Slaughter, M. D. Sokoloff, N. R. Stanton, K. Stenson, D. J. Summers, S. Takach, K. Thorne, A. K. Tripathi, S. Watanabe, R. Weiss-Babai, J. Wiener, N. Witchey, E. Wolin, D. Yi, S. Yoshida, R. Zaliznyak, C. Zhang

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Abstract

We present measurements of the production of D-s mesons relative to D+s mesons as functions of xF and of p2t for a sample of 2445 Ds decays to φπ. The Ds mesons were produced in Fermilab experiment E791 with 500 GeV/c π- mesons incident on one platinum and four carbon foil targets. The acceptance-corrected integrated asymmetry in the xF range -0.1 to 0.5 for Ds mesons is 0.032 ± 0.022 ± 0.022, consistent with no net asymmetry. We compare the results as functions of xF and p2t to predictions and to the large production asymmetry observed for D± mesons in the same experiment. These comparisons support the hypothesis that production asymmetries come from the fragmentation process and not from the charm quark production itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-236
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume411
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 9 Oct 1997

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